Small kidney treatment

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A small kidney is a condition when the kidney becomes smaller due to congenital or acquired diseases. The reason is reduced renal blood flow, chronic kidney infections or stones. The treatment option is aimed at eliminating the underlying cause. Urologists perform dialysis, kidney transplant or nephrectomy in the most severe cases.

The condition when the kidney size and, therefore, its function is reduced is called a small kidney (or atrophic). It can happen due to any congenital or acquired kidney disease.

The disease develops for an extended period. Usually, insufficiency of renal blood flow is the main characteristic. The risk of a small kidney is high if the patient has the following disorders:

  • Diabetes;
  • Kidney disease in close relatives;
  • Heart disorders;
  • High blood pressure.

Patients often complain of such symptoms:

  • Pain;
  • Swelling of the arms and legs, especially with prolonged standing;
  • Dysuria (burning when urinating);
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine);
  • Frequent urination;
  • High blood pressure and headache.

Changes in the size and function of the kidneys can be diagnosed using methods such as ultrasound, x-rays (urography), renal angiography (blood vessels examination), and imaging (CT or MRI).

Ureteral stones, kidney cancer, strictures (narrowings), benign prostate enlargement, and bladder stenosis, as the primary causes of kidney atrophy, are treated with operations. Urologists also treat urinary tract infections by prescribing antibiotics.

Doctors offer dialysis in advanced cases when chronic renal failure accompanies a small kidney. One of the last treatment options for patients with a small kidney is the removal of the kidney - nephrectomy and kidney transplantation in eligible patients (from a related donor or cross transplant - from a non-relative).

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